Happy Easter! In the words of the hymn, “The strife is o’er, the battle done; Now is the Victor’s triumph won.” While those words apply to Christ’s victory over sin and death, our strife against the coronavirus is not yet over.
Today we celebrate the central mystery of our faith: the resurrection of the Lord from the dead. Today we are asked to believe and proclaim the unbelievable: that he who was dead has arisen and is alive. The gospel offers us no conclusive proof, only an empty tomb and burial cloths. Our model is the Apostle John: “He saw and believed.” (Gospel) We are asked to profess our faith by renewing our baptismal promises. Since you won’t have an opportunity to do this in church, just pray the Apostles’ Creed. It is all about faith: trust in God, in the scriptural accounts of the witnesses, in the Church and her two millennia of Tradition. By our faith and witness, we continue that living Tradition.
A few verses from today’s Sequence, the Victimæ Paschali, poetically express the meaning of Christ’s resurrection for us:
Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous;
The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal…
Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
During the Easter season—that is, from now through Pentecost—the Regina Cæli replaces the Angelus. Here is the text.
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia:
For he whom you merited to bear, alleluia,
Has risen as he said, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.
- Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
- Because the Lord is truly risen, alleluia.
Let us pray. O God, who by the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, granted joy to the whole world: grant, we beg you, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, his Mother, we may lay hold of the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Next Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. The Divine Mercy Devotions for the Chippewa Falls Deanery were scheduled to be held at Saint Joseph Church in Boyd beginning at 1:00 PM with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and concluding with Benediction at 4:00, but under the current circumstances they have had to be cancelled. However, there is no reason why you cannot observe those hours in your home by praying the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. EWTN has special programming beginning at 11:00 next Sunday morning. You can find the EWTN programming schedule at <ewtn.com>. I will be available in St. Charles Church next Sunday afternoon for confessions. Here are the links to the two YouTube videos that were going to be played next Sunday:
You may watch them at your leisure.
Next Sunday a second collection is traditionally taken up throughout our diocese for the support of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. There is an envelope in your envelope packets for this collection or you may contribute online. Please take this opportunity to support them and the many ways in which they contribute to the work of the Church in our diocese.
Continue to pray the Rosary this week for all who are experiencing turmoil in their lives for whatever reason, especially because of all the disruption caused by the current crisis. Pray for all who are vulnerable or struggling with illness, and for the people who care for them. Pray for the end of this pandemic; and, as always, pray for peace. Saint Charles Borromeo, Saint Corona and Saint Rocco, pray for us!
May God bless you this Easter and always.